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RCMP warn of tricky driving conditions following winter’s arrival

Accidents send people to hospital

Winter’s arrival and resulting tricky driving conditions kept Kitimat RCMP officers busy during the week of Dec. 1 to Dec. 7, based on the activity level recorded in the RCMP detachment’s log for that week.

As temperatures began to dip, with moisture on the ground during the evening of Dec. 6, the Kitimat RCMP responded to two single-vehicle collisions.

The first collision occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on the Kitamaat Village Rd. The vehicle rolled after sliding into the ditch.

The occupants were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Later in the evening, at approximately 10 p.m., a vehicle on Highway 37 near Cable Car was reported to have been damaged after sliding off the roadway.

The occupants of the vehicle were also taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The Kitimat RCMP would like to remind drivers to please take extra time for your commutes now that winter is upon the area.

Start off by ensuring your tires are winter rated and in good condition. Clear your windows of ice and snow so you have a clear view of things around you while you are driving.

Also take the time to clear off any loose snow so it’s not sliding off onto your windshields or blowing into other vehicles. If you are travelling long distances, have warm clothes with you, extra water and a first aid kit.

Drive a little slower, prepare for fast-changing driving conditions and most importantly, arrive safe and sound.

Fender bender violation

During the evening of Dec. 1, the Kitimat RCMP received a call regarding a minor collision on the 200 block of City Centre. It was reported that both drivers spoke and the driver of the second vehicle apologized, but did not provide their information, instead offered some money to pay for the damages, then left.

The second driver was later located and identified and received a violation ticket for failing to exchange particulars after the collision.

Loud party

On Dec. 3, during the early morning hours, the Kitimat RCMP were advised of a loud party occurring on the 700 block of Kuldo Blvd.

Officers attended and were able to hear a person’s singing and loud music.

Once advised of the noise bylaw, the singing and music was stopped.

Intoxicated in public

Kitimat RCMP officers were advised of a male attempting to get into vehicles and demanding a ride on the 500 block of Mountain View Square in Kitimat on Dec. 4.

Officers located an intoxicated male that would not listen to commands and wanted to fight with the officers. The male was arrested and lodged into cells.

The male was later released after receiving a violation ticket for being intoxicated in a public place.

Driving complaint

The Kitimat RCMP was alerted to a vehicle towing a trailer that seemed to having an issue maintaining its lane, while driving along Highway 37 on Dec. 5.

The vehicle was located and the driver was found to be sober.

It is believed that the trailer that was being towed may have been loaded with the weight distributed incorrectly.